When is the best time to visit Lijiang?

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Plan your Lijiang Tour? Lijiang, located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, is a place blessed with fresh air, clear streams and breathtaking snow mountains. Lijiang sits at an average elevation of 2,400 meters. Many visitors both home and abroad come to visit Lijiang every year.

Lijiang enjoys a temperate climate year around. Lijiang’s rainy season begins in May and ends in October, with the heaviest and most recurrent rainfall periods occurring during July and August.

Autumn is regarded as the best season to visit Lijiang. In fact, any time during the year is suitable for traveling, depending on the kind of traveling experience and sites you want to see. Whatever time of year, Lijiang is said to experience “four seasons in one day”, so be sure to pack accordingly. Check out below to have some information on each season:

Lijiang in Spring

Spring in Lijiang, which lasts from March to May, is a comfortable season for visitors to come. Neither cold nor hot, average temperature is about 17℃. The sky is blue and clear every day. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can be seen from every where of the city, and flowers are in blossom. What’s more, there are fewer tourists in spring than other seasons.

Li Jiang in Spring

Li Jiang in Spring

Lijiang in Summer

Summer is also a good season for traveling to Lijiang. But there are heave rains very often, and a lot of landslide, too fogy to see the snow Mountain actually. There are very little snow in the mountain in Summer. Much more expensive to come, as everything double the price. The usual cloud cover makes summer less than ideal for sightseeing.

Lijiang In Summer

Lijiang In Summer

Lijiang in Autumn

Autumn is the most beautiful season in Lijiang with comfortable temperature, clear and crisp days, prismy trees and flowers. The rains are almost completely gone by mid-October. There’s little rain in the fall and the local alpine wildflowers and grasses are at their best. Nights in autumn are crisp and chilly, take a coat with you is necessary.

Lijiang in Autumn

Lijiang in Autumn

Lijiang in Winter
Winter in Lijiang is also very nice season for traveling. The Jade Dragon Snow mountain and the Yangtze River are good places to go in winter. It is clean with blue sky between November to January, It’s very warm in the daytime, temperature usually above 12℃, up to 25゜C, but it could be -7℃ at night. Very few tourists come to Lijiang in Winter. It’s also the cheapest season to come.

Lijiang in Winter

Lijiang in Winter

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6 Responses to “When is the best time to visit Lijiang?”

  1. Yana Dekempeneer says:

    Dear Sir,

    I’m planning to visit Lijiang and Tiger Leaping gorge around the 17th of february. We would like to spend 5 days here. What do you suggest? How will the temperatures be around this period?

    Kind regards,

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Yana Dekempeneer

    The historical climate data shows Lijiang’s temperature on 17th of February was 16℃ (day) and 2℃ (night). Of course, Tiger Leaping gorge will be a bit colder, probably below 0℃. The water level may be a little lower in February due to the winter season.

    Travel tips
    1. Hiking shoes ( slippery on the gravel road in the valleys at Tiger Leaping Gorge ).
    2. Hiking gloves
    3. Hat against ultraviolet light
    4. Jacket (wind and rain resistant)
    5. Warm water
    6. High calorie food

    Have a good time in Lijiang and Tiger Leaping Gorge!

  3. Giang Le says:

    Hello Daniel,
    Im planning to visit Lijiang and Shangrila (Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way) during Apr 27 – May 2. How will the weather is around that time? In your picture for spring, it looks a bit grey and wet, not much sun. What will you suggest???.
    Thanks and Best Regards,
    Giang Le

  4. Daniel says:

    Hello Giang Le,

    My photo fails to convey the sunny weather at the end of April and early May in Lijiang and Shangri-la. Basically we have many sunny days during that period of the year. But due to the high altitude, there is a sharp temperature difference between day and night, dry and high UV-index. You need to get winter clothes on hand just in case, sunscreen and lip balm. Have a good time!

  5. POI GEK KHO says:

    I am leading a group to visit Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Shangrila and Guizhou from 27.11 to 7.12.2015. Is this the best time. What is the weather like around this time ? What types of clothing should I bring along ?

    Thank you


    Poi Gek

  6. Daniel says:

    Hello POI GEK KHO,

    For many travelers, basically, spring and autumn are the best seasons for visiting Yunan (Lijiang,Dali and Shangri-la) and Guizhou. It is not bad to visit these places in winter – much fewer tourists and discounted entrance fees, snow scene and so on. You need to wear down jackets due to the cold and wet weather. Have a good time in China!

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